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Twin Res Hum Genet. 2019 Sep 10:1-5. doi: 10.1017/thg.2019.60. [Epub ahead of print]

An Update of Twin Research in Spain: The Murcia Twin Registry.

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1
Department of Human Anatomy and Psychobiology, University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain.
2
Murcia Institute for Biomedical Research (IMIB-Arrixaca), Murcia, Spain.
3
Department of Genetics and Computational Biology, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
4
National DNA Bank - Carlos III, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain.
5
Department of Health Promotion and Health Education, Murcia Health Council, Murcia, Spain.
6
School of Psychology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
7
Endocrionology and Nutrition Service, University Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca, Murcia, Spain.

Abstract

The Murcia Twin Registry (MTR) is the only population-based registry in Spain. Created in 2006, the registry has been growing more than a decade to become one of the references for twin research in the Mediterranean region. The MTR database currently comprises 3545 adult participants born between 1940 and 1977. It also holds a recently launched satellite registry of university students (N = 204). Along five waves of data collection, the registry has gathered questionnaire and anthropometric data, as well as biological samples. The MTR keeps its main research focus on health and health-related behaviors from a public health perspective. This includes lifestyle, health promotion, quality of life or environmental conditions. Future short-term development points to the expansion of the biobank and the continuation of the collection of longitudinal data.

KEYWORDS:

Biobank; Spain; disease prevention; health promotion; twin registry; twin studies

PMID:
31500683
DOI:
10.1017/thg.2019.60

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